New England Patriots defeat Seattle Seahawks, 30-20

After Bill Belichick won his 20th consecutive game, he told the world how lousy he coached in yesterday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks, which ran his record this season to 5-0. "We had some mistakes and we screwed some things up," Belichick said.

"A lot of our problems, I shouldn't say a lot, some of our problems, defensively, are just coaching problems. We just did a poor job. I did a poor job, and a lot of the yards and points they got were just -- I should take respon...

For a long time yesterday the men and women huddled four rows deep around Bethel Johnson's locker knew what Terreal Bierria felt like 45 minutes earlier. Bethel Johnson was behind them.

As they stood fretting as they stared at Johnson's empty shoes, they were journalists looking for a story they feared was long gone, like the receiver himself. They all were looking for a wideout who had just redeemed himself a week after taking up residence in Bill Belichick's doghouse,...

The Patriots have won 20 games in a row, and yesterday they tied the NFL record for most consecutive regular-season wins (17). Those are feats that take all the emotion the players can muster week after week.

Each week there is a new cause to rally around. Next week it will be a matchup against AFC East rival New York, also 5-0. Yesterday, Rodney Harrison took a few words from usually quiet Seattle receiver Darrell Jackson, who said among other things the Patriots were ...

Yesterday's homecoming was a disappointment for Matt Hasselbeck, who grew up in a town near here and was a ball boy and No. 1 fan for the Patriots as a youngster.

"It was not good enough," said Hasselbeck, who completed 27 of 50 passes for 349 yards and nearly led the Seahawks to a comeback victory over New England in the final minutes.

What will haunt the former Xaverian High and Boston College star quarterback will be the interceptions he threw on the Seahawks' fir...